Downsizing without the misery

Bramshott Place Village offers not only the ideal retirement destination, being easily accessible to SW London via the new A3 Hindhead tunnel, but also a stress-free package to get you there

As people age, moving home can be especially stressful – practically and emotionally. Downsizing from a large family home when you have lived there for years can entail a great deal of work, and the emotional wrench of leaving a familiar community can be very difficult.

To help alleviate these worries, Urban Renaissance Villages has introduced a complimentary moving package, available to all those buying at Bramshott Place Village, which includes a move manager and de-cluttering facility along with a packing and moving service.

However, possibly the most reassuring aspect of Bramshott Place Village, and what makes this development so attractive, is that it really is a village, with a lively community already in place and a host of social activities to enjoy. There’s a handy local store, a domestic cleaning service and laundry service, plus there’s a medical centre in the clubhouse. And of course there’s the fitness centre, library, games room, bar and restaurant, which are all available exclusively to residents.

How does the moving package work? On the day of reservation, every buyer receives a personal move manager who is on hand right up to moving day to deal with any questions, queries or emergencies. Move managers also help residents adjust to their new surroundings. Many of our residents are moving out of the family home and away from familiar neighbourhoods where they’ve been going to the same doctor, shop or pub for years, even decades.

As part of the moving package we also provide a personal de-clutterer, who gives advice on everything from downsizing to organising paperwork. Sorting through possessions collected over many years can feel daunting, so in the weeks prior to the move our de-clutterer spends time with our buyers, carefully going through their possessions and helping them decide what items they’ll take to their new home and what can be donated, sold or auctioned. The de-cluttering package incudes 12 hours of her time, at least two of which are spent on the day of the move.

In addition, the moving package includes a specialist removal company with experience and expertise in moving downsizers. On moving day they help pack possessions, carefully move everything to the resident’s new home at Bramshott Place Village and then unpack. They also provide soft pack bags, cartons and carpet protectors.

Our moving package is completely free of charge in the majority of cases for all mainland locations within a 150-mile radius of Liphook, Hampshire. Those moving from further afield can also enjoy the benefits of the moving package although a fee will be charged. At Bramshott Place Village, our aim is to make moving home stress-free and to ensure our new residents feel at home as quickly as possible.

Set in acres of parkland with beautifully maintained gardens, the luxury cottages and apartments are ideal for the older person who is keen to remain active and independent and have the added security of an on-site manager around the clock.

Urban Renaissance Villages is also building in Faygate, near Horsham, West Sussex, and Exeter, Devon. For more on Bramshott Place Village, Liphook, please contact the marketing suite on 01428 722800 or visit

Bill Gair is chief executive of Urban Renaissance Villages